New Mexico joins the PARCC assessment consortium, continuing the shakeout of test designs that states are choosing for the common standards.

The 20 participating states span the country, from California and Arizona to Michigan and Maryland.

The new report from several civics-education groups suggests that schools play a key role in strengthening U.S. democracy.

A research and advocacy group for afterschool programs takes a look at research on the potential benefits for such programs that focus on STEM activities.

The Pearson Foundation has been financing trips abroad for education commissioners, the New York Times reports.

The Nashville school system is rethinking music education, with new classes in songwriting and composition as well rock and hip-hop performance.

State lawmakers in Wyoming consider challenging the state's adoption of common core standards, but take no immediate action.

Maine's education commissioner announced this week that the state will be among those to play a lead role in developing new science standards. Kansas officials say their state is "likely" on the list.

A California math-standards expert duels with the authors of a study that found college instructors see the common standards as solid preparation for first-year college courses.

A new wave of STEM schools are cropping up around the country, with an emphasis on serving student populations underrepresented in the STEM fields.

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